While looking at the beautiful film Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, I suddenly had to think of the world-famous painting ‘Portrait of an unknown woman’ (1883) by the Russian painter Ivan Kramskoy, which is to be admired in the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow. I had made a copy of this particular painting some years ago.
Kramskoy was a contemporary of Leo Tolstoy, whom he also portrayed. In those days it was alleged that the ‘unknown woman’ was meant to be Anna Karenina.
She's plundered our heart (and Captain Jack's) in Pirates Of The Carribean, seduced us in the library in Atonement and wowed us in the West End but now Keira Knightley is back in David Cronenberg's psychological sex drama A Dangerous Method. In the March issue of GQ Keira comes clean about her return to LA after four years, why she really hated working on Pirates and being spanked by Michael Fassbender - all accompanied by her sexiest ever shoot.
The March 2012 issue of British GQ is out on Thursday 2 February. British GQ is also available on the iPad.